ENMU narrows coaching search to three

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a football coach to three candidates. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are New Mexico Military coach Jeff Lynn, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School coach Jack Welch and Texas-El Paso assistant Jeff Woodruff. The new coach will replace Mark […]

ENMU narrows coaching pool for baseball

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

ENMU to interview five for women’s coaching position

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is planning five on-campus interviews seeking to fill its women’s basketball coaching position following the resignation of Linden Weese last month. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are Texas Woman’s assistant coach Michael Madrid, La Cueva girls basketball coach Abbie Carlson, Texas-Arlington women’s […]

Weese resigns Zias coaching position

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CNJ file photo Linden Weese resigned Tuesday after five years as the ENMU women’s basketball coach. Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tendered his resignation on Tuesday after five seasons at the school. The Zias finished their 2010-11 season on Saturday at 5-21 (3-11 Lone Star Conference South Division) with […]

Pigskin Preview: Muleshoe’s Riley talks about meteoric rise in coaching ranks

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East Carolina media relations: Courtesy photo Muleshoe native Lincoln Riley spent seven years learning former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s high-octane offense. Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley knew he wanted to be a football coach — it just happened a little sooner than he expected. After his freshman season as a non-scholarship quarterback at Texas Tech, then-Red […]

Judge to make Isler decision by Friday

CNJ staff A federal judge is expected to decide later this week if J.D. Isler can continue coaching the Clovis Wildcat boys varsity basketball team. A hearing at U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Wednesday lasted more than six hours and the judge announced she hoped to reach a decision by Friday, according to Clovis senior […]

Wayland graduates 43

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wayland graduate Rian Essex, right, shakes a line of hands including Dean Gary Mitchell’s, left, after being presented his diploma. Essex and his wife Shiloh earned master’s degrees. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After eight years of teaching and coaching football at Clovis High School, Cal Fullerton decided to […]

ENMU coaching candidate preaching up-tempo

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — If Richard Davis is named the next men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University, he’s letting the dogs run. The Columbus, Ohio native, and current coach at Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., preached about an offensive style where the bigs run the sidelines […]

Coaching candidate says Hounds need to win right away

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Andrew Helton is one of three finals for the job. He’s been assistant coach at Division I South Alabama the last two seasons. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Tom Izzo was never a collegiate head coach before he came to Michigan State, and he led the Spartans to a national championship. Andrew Helton doesn’t […]

Coaching style one to be admired

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Well, I’m going to go man the suicide hotline.” And with that, one of my colleagues left The Pit’s press room. It was his last word on the Class 1A title game. Jimmy Apodaca’s final word was, “Never.” The second-year Springer coach had a lot of talking to do, both […]

Work commences on turf replacement

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The grass at Clovis High School’s football field at Leon Williams Stadium is being replaced by artificial turf. The work is scheduled to be done before the start of the 2008 football season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High football coaching staff members admit it’s odd to see […]

Dora native Hays leaves coaching behind

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A college baseball coaching legend who grew up on the dusty plains of Roosevelt County is ending his 38-year career in Lubbock. Larry Hays is the fourth winningest coach in NCAA baseball history with a career record of 1,509-860 after 16 years coaching Lubbock Christian and 22 years as […]

First person: Life coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Earl Diddle, 58, began his basketball coaching career at age 23. Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at […]

Former Greyhound coaching top NFL back

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

Small donation can make big difference

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist For the past three years, our life in the winter, post-Christmas, has revolved around lower elementary level basketball, because of my grandson’s aptitude for and interest in this sport. Knowing how hard it is to get people to coach the lower levels, I volunteered when he was in kindergarten. I […]

Melrose AD Black honored

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was given […]

500 just another number to Watters

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Clovis High head coach Miles Waters is honored for his 500th win after his team defeated Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday, December 30, 2006. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Miles Watters doesn’t like to speak a lot about his successes as a basketball coach. That doesn’t matter […]

Volunteers deserve recognition for all they do

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The unsung heroes are numerous. They are not always the ones who commit heroic deeds, who rise to the crisis. The heroes on whom we focus this column are heroes who live, ongoing, in a way that will impact children. They include the science professor who volunteers as Scoutmaster with […]

“Hey, Coach Shelburne! Hey, Coach!”

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Hey, coach Shelburne! Hey, coach!” The kids on our brand-new Little League team had a question and needed some answers. No problem. It just took me a minute to answer to “Coach Shelburne.” Who, pray tell, was he? I was helping coach Ted Johnson coach the team or, well, technically, he […]